Wednesday 20 January 2010

Katrina Victims Enjoy New Trauma Relief Method


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) -- On the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Harvard researchers released the results of a survey of disaster survivors. The report estimates that 30 percent of survivors are suffering from mental illnesses such as depression and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). More than half the survivors have nightmares and report being more angry and irritable than they were prior to the disaster.

Trauma Specialist David Rourke advocates the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for victims of disasters. “The loss of property, shelter, jobs, and income can paralyze even the strongest of souls, leaving them feeling helpless, resentful, or afraid. When faced with this kind of devastation, we become overwhelmed and, as a result, our body’s energy system reacts and becomes disrupted. EFT is a gentle, rapid, powerful tool to help people balance their subtle energy system, regain their strength and their ability to cope with their personal disaster.”

People have been using this simple acupressure technique to combat PTSD, depression, nightmares, and anxiety for more than a decade with an 80% success rate. Virtually anyone can easily learn to apply EFT, by downloading the free EFT Manual at

“Conventional trauma techniques tend to miss the link between the trauma and the disrupted subtle energy system”, says Gary Craig, the Stanford-trained engineer who developed EFT. “If the damage to the subtle energy system (Chi or Qi) is not corrected, then people are less likely to fully recover from the trauma.”

According to Rourke, “This disruption in the body’s energy system gets in the way of a person being able to integrate the overwhelming experience and come to solutions to their perceived predicament. EFT is a wonderful, cost effective technique that can be used, with impressive results, in a group setting. This technique is so easy to learn and simple to administer as a stress management coping tool that it could be taught to anyone suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina; from Hurricane victims to front-line workers.”

The report indicates that researchers will continue to analyze the data they collected in this survey and conduct a follow-up survey. “Meanwhile,” says Craig, “Hurricane survivors, disaster relief personnel, front line workers and volunteers could be using EFT to help heal the emotional trauma caused by this devastating natural disaster.”

In 1994, Craig and a colleague visited a Veterans Administration hospital in California, where they worked on-camera with six Vietnam War veterans. "These men hadn't had a moment's peace in 20 years," says Craig. "Their lives revolved around their terrifying memories and horrible nightmares. But after just a few minutes of EFT tapping, all of the men experienced profound release.”

Mental health professionals all over the world have been using EFT for more than a decade to treat trauma victims.

Although most Americans have yet to hear of it, EFT may be the world’s fastest-growing self-help technique because people are getting results where nothing else has worked. Over 350,000 have downloaded Craig’s free training manual and another 10,000 download it each month. The official EFT Manual has been translated by volunteer practitioners into nine languages.

The EFT Manual explains the basics so that anyone can begin applying EFT right away. It can be freely downloaded at


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